Cooperstown Chronicles – Orlando Cepeda

Mar 24, 2008

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IMETMARIANORIVERA!, a friend of mine from Sporting News, wanted me to review Orlando Cepeda, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee in 1999.

The Numbers
2124 Games
7927 At Bats
.297 Batting Average
.499 Slugging% (100th All-time) 
1131 Runs
2351 Hits 
417 Doubles 
27 Triples
379 Home Runs (56th All-time)
1365 RBI (75th All-time)
3959 Total Bases (77th All-time)
142 Stolen Bases

Playoffs:  22 games, 18 Hits in 87 At Bats (.207), 6 runs, 5 doubles, 3 HR, 12 RBI

1967 MVP
1958 ROY
7 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 8 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Eight times
On-base % – Three times
Slugging % – Nine times
OPS – Five times
Games - Four times 
At Bats – Five times
Runs – Five times
Hits – Seven times
Doubles – Six times (Led league in 1958)
Home Runs – Nine times (Led league in 1961)
RBI – Nine times (Led league in 1961 & 1967)
Total Bases – Eight times
Stolen Bases – Four times
Extra-Base Hits – Nine times
Hit by Pitch – Nine times (Led league in 1966 & 1967)
Intentional Walks – Seven times

Well, Orlando didn’t reach any of the milestones that guarantee entry in to the HOF.  However, he was one of the best in the game during his era.  He won both the Rookie of the Year and the MVP.  He won a HR crown and twice led the league in RBIs.  He had three 100 run seasons, zero 200 hit seasons, five 30+ HR seasons, and five 100+ RBI seasons.  He hit over .300 nine seasons.  He had some sweet nicknames (Cha Cha and Baby Bull).  He is imfamous for being busted trying to pick up 150+ lbs of marijuana.  He served ten months for his crime.  I think the Veteran’s Committee got it right.  The Baby Bull does belong in the Hall of Fame.


Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley

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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Mo Morrissey
    March 24th, 2008 at 2:39 pm #

    Another candidate for the Hall of “very good”

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 24th, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    He’s in though. Strange. Can’t convince me he’s any better than Andre Dawson.

  3. Big Denny
    March 24th, 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    These don’t scream Hall of Fame numbers.

  4. BraystreetLad
    September 19th, 2008 at 11:30 am #

    Andre Dawson,Jim Rice and especially Dick Allen merit plaques in Cooperstown!!!!!

  5. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    yep, yep. i’ll have to profile allen one of these days.

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